nano神社 (✪㉨✪) – SEGAS

Recommendation: ✂ (“Get in the Summer Groove,” “Katz Lounge”) The issue with SEGAS is the same issue with S U R F I N G’s Deep Fantasy: equalized funk tracks with minimal additional processing packaged as personal compositions on behalf of the artist. Just listen to The Avalanches if you’re interested in this kind of music.1 nano神社 (✪㉨✪)23 does add […]

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Visaプリペイド – スムーズOCEANS

Recommendation: ✂ (“Intro,” “7:30 p.m. (feat. Drip-133),” “Shopping Centre”) スムーズOCEANS1 should be recognized by its complete avoidance of the annoying hi-hat abuse that’s everywhere in hip-hop/trap-influenced vaporwave. Seriously. This album – the first from Visaプリペイド2 – is one of the better downtempo albums out there in the scene, and one that’s been unfairly overlooked since its 2013 release. There’s an […]

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いすゞ・ピアッツァ ENTERPRISES – ISUZU PIAZZA

Recommendation: ✂ (“1981 Isuzu Piazza XE,” “Tokyo Motor Show,” “Tape Start B”) The only extant album of いすゞ・ピアッツァ ENTERPRISES1 is textbook vaporwave in the sense of almost entirely unedited samples put together in a package meant to elicit nostalgia and set up as if it’s from a promotional cassette tape for the titular vehicle. It does what it does well, and those looking for nothing more than […]

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Skoddie – Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate

Recommendation: ✂ (the first eight tracks) Ever been interested in what early Autechre’s take on vaporgoth or dark ambient would sound like?1 That’s Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate by Skoddie, also known as Skoddie the Cat, whose late-2015 album is a two-and-a-half hour odyssey through various forms of lowercase, dark ambient, drone music, and field recording; with disordered album titles that evoke […]

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tech noir – 齐

Recommendation: ✂ (“實驗-B405”) tech noir is a side project of 회사auto, one of the foremost artists in the convergence between vaporwave, IDM, and instrumental hip-hop. In contrast to the main project’s energy,1 this one is extremely ambient, with a preponderance of albums that utilize long, (mostly) wordless, beatless samples that evoke a cinematic feel, although the latter albums take considerable […]

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猫 シ Corp. & Stereo Component – Ocean Beach

Recommendation: ✂ (“離散 Sunsuit Girls,” “Malibu Beach,” “Shanghai,” “初デート”) Ocean Beach is a collaboration/split album between 猫 シ Corp.1 and Stereo Component, originally released in January 2014 on the defunct Fortune 500 label – and re-released several times since on other labels. This album is one of the earlier albums in 猫 シ Corp.’s impressive discography, who – at the […]

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日本航空株式会社 ✈ Japan Airlines – フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!)

Recommendation: ✂ (“FIFA World Cup 94,” “誰が私は,” “Flight Attendant”) フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!)1 is the second album ever released by Dream Catalogue, way back2 in 2014.3 On the surface, this looks like a standard character-clusterfuck classic-style vaporwave album, but フライトを楽しむ (Enjoy Your Flight!) belies a pretty in-depth release that explores several different vaporwave subgenres in the span of ten tracks […]

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